Aerial Patrol for Leaks


The WADI project introduces a new method for detecting water leaks in water systems, utilizing aerial surveillance with planes and drones. The need for efficient leak detection is crucial due to water stress, especially in Europe. This stress is caused by factors such as climate change and aging infrastructure. Traditional methods, primarily relying on acoustic signals, struggle to address the challenges posed by rural areas and large diameter pipes.

Researchers and engineers are using off-the-shelf multispectral and infrared cameras to pioneer a new era of aerial surveillance. This innovative approach enables precise identification of variations in soil moisture and accurate pinpointing of water leaks.

Although challenges persist, such as interpreting heterogeneous surface images, the potential benefits are immense. The WADI project was completed in 2020 with promising tests in France and Portugal.


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